PM pulls up BJP, exudes confidence to form Govt. in 2014

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 15:40 hrs

Taking potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for attempting to demean the Congress-led UPA Government's accomplishments,

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the main opposition would fail in the next Lok Sabha polls as it did in 2004-09.

Disapproving the remarks used by BJP leaders, in particular Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, at the National Council meeting, Dr. Singh said the main opposition party hurled the 'choicest abuses' against the Congress leadership and made it clear he would not reply to them in that language.

"You used choicest abuses against us. It is not my intention to reply in that language because our performance is the best judge," Dr. Singh said, while winding up the discussion on the motion of thanks on the President's address in the Lok Sabha.

Dr. Singh also hit out at BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, saying the BJP lost the 2004 polls after its 'India Shining' campaign and faced defeat against in 2009 when they pitted the 'iron man' against the 'lamb'.

"What has been achieved by this government cannot be belittled. Humko hain unse wafa ki umeed, jo jante nahee hain wafa kya hain. Jo garajte hain, who baraste nahin," said Dr. Singh, while using Urdu and Hindi couplets and proverbs.

"And we have seen this not for the first time. The Shining India campaign led to disastrous results. In 2009, they fielded the iron-man, and we know what the result was," he added, while expressing confidence that the Congress-led UPA would be elected again in 2014.

Addressing a BJP conclave here on Sunday, Modi suggested that Pranab Mukherjee would have been a better choice for the Prime Minister"s post but the Congress chose Manmohan Singh as "night watchman" for it was worried that his success could affect the Gandhi family"s future.

"Had Pranab Mukherjee been made the Prime Minister in place of Manmohan Singh then perhaps there would not have suffered so much damage as he is more connected to the ground, understands the problems and can think about the solutions," he told the gathering.

Moreover, the soft-spoken Prime Minister has also been criticized by the main opposition on a host of other issues of national importance. (ANI)

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